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Rapper Rick Ross Wins Legal Battle Over Name

3/29/2012 11:15pm EDT
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Rapper Rick Ross has won the right to keep his stage name following a long-running legal battle with former crime king Ricky Ross.

The former cocaine trafficker, who became infamous for running a drug empire in Los Angeles in the 1980s, filed suit against the rapper in 2010, alleging he infringed a trademark by changing his name from William Leonard Roberts II to Rick Ross.

The suit was dismissed in November, 2010 after a judge at California's U.S. District Court ruled that Ricky Ross' illegal activity made it impossible to determine if he had "valid trademark for his name".

The ex-convi...

Man Shot At Rick Ross' Florida Home

2/29/2012 11:46am EST
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Cops have launched an investigation after a man was shot dead at rapper Rick Ross' home in Florida on Wednesday morning.

The hip-hop star is to be questioned after the 40-year-old unidentified victim was found lying at a gateway on Ross' property in Miami Gardens.

According to, Ross was not home at the time of the shooting and is not considered to be a suspect.

Rick Ross Named MTV's Hottest MC In The Game

2/20/2012 2:19pm EST
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Rick Ross has beaten rap rivals Drake and Kanye West to land the title of Hottest MC in the Game in a new MTV poll.

The hit-maker was named the best rapper alive in the annual MTV survey, thanks to the chart success of his album Self Made, Vol.1, and his features on a number of hit tracks, including Lil Wayne's John and Meek Mill's Ima Boss.

Ross was followed by Drake in second place and West in third. Nicki Minaj and her mentor Lil Wayne rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth place, respectively, while Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa also make appearances in the top 10.

Speaking about th...

Kanye West Is The 'Most Stylish Celebrity Of 2011'

12/30/2011 11:00am EST
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Hip-hop superstar Kanye West has been named the "Most Stylish Celebrity of 2011."

The fashion-forward hitmaker beat his rap collaborator Kid Cudi to take the title in the Complex magazine poll, followed by actor Ryan Gosling at three.

The top five picks are rounded out by rap newcomer A$AP Rocky and superproducer Pharrell Williams in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Others to make it on the "25 Most Stylish Celebrities of 2011" list include: Rick Ross (8), Jay-Z (10), Justin Bieber (14), Justin Timberlake (16), Swizz Beatz (19), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a slimmed-down Jonah Hill (22...

Rick Ross Postpones Album Release

11/19/2011 8:15am EST
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Rick Ross has delayed the release of his new album as he recovers from two seizures which landed him in the hospital last month.

God Forgives, I Don't was due to hit shelves on December 13th but it has been pushed back to early next year following the rapper's health crisis on October 14th.

Ross has assured fans he is feeling much better now but executives at his record label want to give the heavyweight hip-hop star plenty of time to recover.

Island Def Jam marketing boss Chris Atlas tells Billboard, "I think we're all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor ...

Rick Ross Assures Fans He's Stronger Than Ever

10/29/2011 5:00pm EDT
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Heavyweight rapper Rick Ross has assured fans he's stronger than he's "ever been" after recently suffering two seizures in one day.

The hip-hop star was admitted to a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama after two mid-air seizures while flying from Florida to Tennessee on October 14.

The double health scare prompted him to scrap a series of concerts to allow him time to recover, but Ross has now returned to his Twitte blog to tell fans he's feeling good.

He writes, "the boss back. stronger than I've ever been.. richer than I ever wuz (sic)".

Meanwhile, his rap protege Wale is blaming Ross' h...

Rick Ross Has Second Seizure; His Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing

10/14/2011 10:14pm EDT
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Rapper Rick Ross has suffered a second seizure en route to a concert in Memphis, Tennessee.

The heavyweight star assured fans he was OK after falling ill on a flight that departed from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport on Friday morning.

Ross passed out onboard, prompting the pilot to circle back and make an emergency landing in Florida and seek medical help.

Paramedics performed CPR on Ross and he was taken to a nearby hospital after gaining consciousness.

Hours later he was back on his private plane, from where he filmed a video message to fans assuring them the Memphis gig that ...

Rick Ross Unconscious After In-Flight Seizure

10/14/2011 2:13pm EDT
Hip-hop star Rick Ross is under medical care after suffering a seizure and losing consciousness during a flight to Memphis, Tennessee.

The pilot of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday to allow medical technicians to tend to Ross.

According to, the Aston Martin Music hitmaker, 35, was placed on a gurney as paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the airport.

As WENN went to press, it was not known where the plane had made the emergency landing. The flight departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida just after noon, local time, on Friday.

Lil Wayne Lands 18 Nominations For BET Hip Hop Awards

9/8/2011 3:35pm EDT
Rap superstar Lil Wayne looks set to dominate the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards after landing 18 nominations.

The Lollipop hitmaker is enjoying a great week after selling almost one million copies of his new release Tha Carter IV to top the U.S. album charts on Wednesday, and now he's leading the way at the annual music ceremony.

He will go up against Jay-Z and Kanye West for the titles of Best Live Performer, Hustler of the Year and Lyricist of the Year, for which he will also face competition from his protegee Nicki Minaj.

His song 6 Foot 7 Foot is up for Track of the Year and Best Club Bang...

Eminem Crowned The King Of Hip-Hop

8/17/2011 11:27am EDT
Eminem has beaten Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to be crowned the world's most successful rapper.

The Stan hit-maker has been named as the king of hip-hop by Rolling Stone magazine, with editors tallying up album sales, social media hits and critical acclaim since 2009.

Eminem garnered 7.5 million record sales, 1.3 billion views on, and has five million Twitter followers - putting him way above his peers.

Lollipop hit-maker Lil Wayne came second in the countdown, followed by relative newcomer Drake at three, Kanye West at number four and legendary 99 Problems superstar Jay-Z in fift...

Rick Ross: 'I Smoked One For The King'

6/25/2011 8:47am EDT
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Rapper Rick Ross paid tribute to Michael Jackson on the day the King of Pop died by smoking marijuana outside the Thiller star's home.

The Hustlin' hitmaker was in Los Angeles when he heard the news about Jackson's passing two years ago and he instructed his driver to pay a visit to the late star's Holmby Hills compound.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I told my driver, 'Yo, I know where his house is at, take me over there.'

"By the time I got there, a crowd was already gathering. I rolled some of that PR 80 - L.A.'s finest (weed) - I cracked the window and I smoked one for the king."

Lil Wayne Denied British Visa, Calls Off European Tour Plans

4/6/2011 2:33pm EDT
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Rap superstar Lil Wayne has been forced to axe plans to tour the U.K. this summer after British immigration officials refused to issue him a work visa due to his criminal convictions.

The Lollipop hit-maker is currently on the road in the U.S. with Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Travis Barker, as part of his I Am Still Music Tour, and he was expected to launch the trek across the Atlantic after the May release of his album, Tha Carter IV.

However, reports U.K. border officials have rejected Wayne's visa application as a result of his recent prison stint for weapons possessio...

Rapper Rick Ross Arrested For Drug Possession

3/27/2011 3:58pm EDT
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Rapper Rick Ross was arrested on Friday night after allegedly smoking marijuana in a Los Angeles hotel room.

Police took the hip-hop star into custody following complaints about the strong smell of weed reportedly wafting from his room at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Shreveport.

According to, officers saw a gram of the drug in plain view. Ross was later released on a misdemeanor summons.

It was a busy night for Shreveport police - NFL football player Jason Peters was also arrested and charged with loud music and disturbing the peace.

Diddy Gives $1 Million In Cash To Partygoers In Miami

2/2/2011 2:00pm EST
Sean "Diddy" Combs was very popular at rapper Rick Ross' recent birthday bash - he handed out $1 million in cash to thrilled guests.

Ross celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday and took his entourage to the Miami club scene in Florida over the weekend.

Combs was among the A-list guests, and the generous star couldn't resist sharing his wealth with club revelers - throwing out wads of dollars into the crowd, according to Britain's The Sun.

Pharrell Williams and Busta Rhymes also joined in the lavish party.

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Kelly Rowland's Yeti-Like Coat - Thumbs Up Or Down?

1/31/2011 2:00pm EST
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Kelly Rowland kept warm in a funky Yeti-like jacket as she stepped out in London over the weekend.What do you think of the furry coat?

Kelly is currently working on her third album and is supposedly collaborating with rappers such as Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane.

She recently took some time off her busy schedule to attend the MTV Staying Alive Foundation Dinner. She also performed at the event.

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Nicki Minaj Doesn't Think Kids Should Listen To Her Music

1/26/2011 9:10am EST
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Nicki Minaj worries about being a role model for young fans.

She explained, "Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn't want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age. Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little. I always say, 'Listen. I don't want you saying the bad words, put school first.'"

Rapper Rick Ross, rocker Travis Barker and Nicki will reportedly join Lil Wayne on his comeback tour. The Lollipop hit-maker will launch the 25-date I Am Music II trek with a show in Buffalo, New York on March 18th, before hitting the stage in cit...

Lil Wayne Announces Comeback Tour

1/24/2011 5:18pm EST
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Rapper Lil Wayne is heading back to the stage in March for his first U.S. tour since serving time in prison last year.

The Lollipop hit-maker will launch the 25-date I Am Music II trek with a show in Buffalo, New York on March 18th, before hitting the stage in cities including Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.

And he is making his comeback tour an all-star affair - he will be supported by hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj, rapper Rick Ross and rocker Travis Barker.

Wayne walked free from New York's tough Rikers Island incarceration center in November ...

Kanye West's Unfinished Video Leaks

1/1/2011 4:15pm EST
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Kanye West has been targeted by hackers once again - the unfinished music video for his new track Monsters has leaked online.

A gory five-minute video, which features Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, hit the internet on Thursday, shocking viewers with graphic images of zombies feasting on flesh, as West raps about being "the best living or dead, hands down."

In one segment Jay-Z appears rapping in front of a dead naked woman draped face-down on a leather couch, while West later stands in another holding a woman's severed head. A scantily clad Minaj interrogates her alter ego, who is strappe...

Nicki Minaj Dumps Diddy As Her Manager

10/18/2010 3:15pm EDT
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Rap sensation Nicki Minaj has parted ways with her manager Sean 'Diddy' Combs in favor of the guru behind Jennifer Lopez's career, Benny Medina.

The Your Love hit-maker, who is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money label, joined fellow hip-hop star Rick Ross on Combs' management roster in May after three years under the guidance of Debbie Antney, mother of rising rapper Wacka Flocka Flame.

However, Minaj has now cut ties with Combs ahead of the November release of her debut album Pink Friday, admitting she didn't feel enough "progress" had been made in the five months she's spent under his ...

Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z The Big Winners At Hip-Hop Awards

10/4/2010 8:23am EDT
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Rap superstar Jay-Z and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday, taking home three honors each.

The "99 Problems" hitmaker was named Best Live Performer, while his New York anthem with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," earned him the Perfect Combo prize and his album "The Blueprint 3" was hailed as CD of the Year.

Lil Wayne's protegee Minaj continued to garner recognition for her work, walking away with the Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look accolades - despite having yet to release her debut solo album, "Pink Friday," ...

Rick Ross Denies He Is The Man In Sex Tape

9/24/2010 4:40pm EDT
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Hip-hop star Rick Ross has laughed off reports he's featured in a sex tape circulating around the internet.

The heavyweight Hustlin' rapper was alleged to be the man cavorting with a semi-nude woman in the explicit footage, which was reportedly filmed before Ross found fame.

50 Cent fueled the sex tape rumors by instructing his online readers to check out the adult footage purportedly starring his foe - but Ross has spoken out to deny he's the man featured, insisting the sex tape star is a look-a-like who doesn't share his love of skin art.

Taking to his page on Thursday, ...

Adrian Grenier, Hip Hop Stars & Other Celebs Explain 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs'

7/22/2010 9:07am EDT
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"Entourage" star Adrian Grenier is working with 50 Cent, Eminem and former drug kingpin Rick Ross on a new documentary, entitled "How To Make Money Selling Drugs."

The star is re-teaming with Bert Marcus - his partner on documentary "Teenage Paparazzo" - to co-produce the film, which will feature interviews with the trio as well as hemp advocate and stoner icon Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon and top-ranking U.S. government officials.

Explaining the project to Variety, Marcus says, "What we're trying to do is provide a glimpse into the lives of those involved in the war on drugs and give ...

Chris Brown Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson & Cries At BET Awards; See Full List Of Winners, Video & Photos!

6/28/2010 8:40am EDT
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R&B star Chris Brown stole the limelight at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday night when he performed a showstopping dance tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

The "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker was introduced to the stage by Jermaine Jackson to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death.

The young singer showed off his fancy footwork to "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Smooth Criminal" and "Billie Jean" but struggled to complete his tribute segment as tears streamed down his face while trying to sing Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror."

His surprise addition to the show's line-up came a year a...

50 Cent Laughs Off Sex Tape Lawsuit

3/19/2010 7:00pm EDT
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50 Cent has dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by the ex-girlfriend of rival rapper Rick Ross after he released a spoof version of a sex tape she recorded in 2008.

Lastonia Leviston took legal action against the In Da Club star last month, accusing him of posting the explicit video on his website last year.

In papers filed in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court, Leviston claimed 50 blurred out her then-lover Maurice Murray's face and altered the tape to depict himself as his online character Pimpin' Curly wearing a curly wig and blue robe, while adding his own narration. She is demand...

Rick Ross' Ex Identified In 50 Cent Sex Tape Scandal

2/25/2010 5:00pm EST
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The woman at the center of 50 Cent's sex tape lawsuit has been identified as the mother of rapper Rick Ross' daughter. The In Da Club hit-maker - real name Curtis Jackson - is facing legal action from Lastonia Leviston, who alleges he unlawfully released her homemade sex clip on the internet after editing himself into the video.

Leviston claims she and former boyfriend Ross made the tape on June 30th 2008, and he promised to destroy it, according to the New York Post.

However, Ross allegedly sold the tape to Jackson, who posted it on his website during a feud with Ross last March, blurr...

Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette,' Drama, Chris Brown's New Video 'I Can Transform Ya' And More

10/27/2009 12:04pm EDT
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Weekly Music News: Def Jam's decision to keep the world in the dark regarding singer Rihanna's single "Russian Roulette" may have back fired; an explanation about this in a minute. Beyonce and Lady Gaga team-up part deux, Chris Brown premiere's new video, and Rihanna on Good Morning America round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce to be featured on Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

These ladies clearly have some kind of obsession with phones. It was announced a few weeks ago that Beyonce and Lady Gaga are set to appear in Beyonce's video for her song "Video Phone" - a song that appears on he...

VMA Drama Continues, Whitney Houston's Tour, Miley Quits Twitter, More

10/13/2009 2:40pm EDT
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Weekly Music News: We are well into October and still the VMA drama continues with the release of a video showing Beyonce grabbing Lil Mama's hand to keep her from crashing hubby Jay-Z's performance, what a doll. Whitney's UK tour, Miley's goodbye to Twitter and Diddy's new role as Hip-Hop's Pinocchio round's out this week's music news.

Whitney Houston to embark on UK tour

With a new album under her belt, the woman known as "the voice" is set to embark on a UK tour according to The Sun. If reports are true, this will be Whitney Houston's first tour in almost a decade as her last tour...

Gorilla Zoe Breaks Out With Smash Sophomore Album, 'Don't Feed Da Animals'

3/26/2009 5:30pm EDT
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Block Entertainment/Bad Boy South recording artist Gorilla Zoe has made a stunning chart debut with his just-released sophomore album, Don't Feed Da Animals. The collection - which includes the lead single, "Lost" and the second single, "Echo (Feat. P. Diddy)" - entered Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" chart at #1, while also coming in at #8 on the Billboard 200 - the week's highest charting new release. With sales in excess of 31,000 units, Don't Feed Da Animals debuted at #2 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" ranking, as well as #10 on the "Top Digital Albums" chart (where it received a...

50 Cent Q&A: 'Blood On The Sand,' Rick Ross As A Pizza Guy & More

2/25/2009 12:48pm EST
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50 Cent's weapon of choice is a 9 mm handgun - at least for his new third person shooter video game "Blood on the Sand." In a call with the hip hop star/actor/video game producer, Starpulse got the scoop on the rapper's battle with Rick Ross, his thoughts about how women are portrayed in his game, and much more!

Conceptually "Blood on the Sand" is very different from his first video game, "Bulletproof." Gamers play as 50 Cent, who performs for a war torn country and discovers his payment, a diamond skull, is stolen. 50 and G-Unit battle across two middle eastern countries to "unleash ...

Foxy Brown Threatens To Rough 50 Cent Up 'Brooklyn Style'

2/9/2009 12:07pm EST
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Rapper Foxy Brown is demanding 50 Cent keep her name out of his war of words with Rick Ross - or be "handled Brooklyn style."

The female MC was recently rumored to have enjoyed a brief fling with Ross - and the romance hadn't escaped 50 Cent's attention, with the In Da Club star mentioning the dalliance in his track Officer Ricky (Try Me). 50 and Ross have been locked in a lyrical battle in recent weeks, and now Brown's name has been dragged into the mess.

On Officer Ricky (Try Me), 50 refers to Ross' past as a correctional officer, saying, "The cop f**ked a fox." However, Brown...